Core Module Information
Module title: Policing in Contemporary Society

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08109
Module leader: Estelle Clayton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The overall aim of the module is to develop knowledge of different policing models arising in response to societal challenges. There will be a particular focus on community safety, crime prevention and neighbourhood and community policing. Advantages and disadvantages of key features of various models of policing will be considered. The module aims to develop your ability to identify professional and academic literature and theories related to different models of policing and begin to assess ‘what works’ in terms of contemporary policing. New challenges to policing and the policing of different forms of crime or disorder e.g. antisocial behaviour, domestic violence, hate crime and cybercrime will be examined. You will explore how societal change impacts on policing and how policing can impact on society. Local, national and international variants of policing styles will be reflected on in a comparative international context. Consideration will be given to methods of evaluating effectiveness and techniques for engaging in reflective practice and knowledge exchange.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Outline different policing models and consider advantages and disadvantages of key features
LO2: Review key literature and theories and identify best practices in contemporary policing
LO3: Analyse approaches and develop strategies to address the policing of different forms of crime
LO4: Discuss new challenges to policing, the impact of social change on policing and of policing on society
LO5: Consider how to evaluate effectiveness and engage in reflective practice and knowledge sharing

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Estelle Clayton
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC08109 Policing in Contemporary Society